to speak or think favorably of; pronounce or consider agreeable or good; judge favorably:
to approve the policies of the administration.
to consent or agree to:
Father approved our plan to visit Chicago.
to confirm or sanction formally; ratify:
The Senate promptly approved the bill.
to demonstrate; show.
to make good; attest.
to prove by trial.
to speak or consider favorably (sometimes followed by of):
Mother didn’t approve of him. The boss wouldn’t approve of the plan. He said that he approved.
As a result, no medication is actually FDA approved to treat depression for the pre-K set.
When Children Commit Suicide Sara Reistad-Long September 1, 2009
Wilson fervently supported Prop 187, which was approved by voters the same day he was approved for another term as governor.
Inside California’s Crazy Race To Be The GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Olivia Nuzzi May 29, 2014
Wright approved one of the wells after the operator agreed to bring it into compliance, according to the letter.
Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired. David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News December 8, 2014
After doing her research, she decides to continue taking an approved antidepressant while pregnant with her fourth child.
Who’s a Bad Mother? Susan Cheever May 3, 2009
Dozens have been approved for release off the island but are still held there.
Terry Carrico, Ex-Guantánamo Prison Commander, Says Facility Should Close Aram Roston January 5, 2012
Dr. Knox approved of its being so fresh, but did not ask any questions.
The History of Burke and Hare George Mac Gregor
Before he returned to much of what he had once approved, he died.
The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes Samuel Johnson
If they are approved, they shall be signed at once by the President.
The History of Cuba, vol. 4 Willis Fletcher Johnson
Billy approved of the way in which his sister had managed matters.
The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
But he had acted rightly, Father O’Grady had approved of what he had done; and this was his reward.
The Lake George Moore
when intr, often foll by of. to consider fair, good, or right; commend (a person or thing)
(transitive) to authorize or sanction
(transitive) (obsolete) to demonstrate or prove by trial
(transitive) (law) to improve or increase the value of (waste or common land), as by enclosure
c.1300, “to demonstrate, prove;” mid-14c., “to attest (something) with authority,” from Old French aprover (Modern French approuver) “approve, agree to,” from Latin approbare “to assent to as good, regard as good,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + probare “to try, test something (to find if it is good),” from probus “honest, genuine” (see prove).
The meaning extended late 14c. to “to sanction, endorse, confirm formally” then to “assent to (something) as good” (early 15c.), especially in reference to the actions of authorities, parliaments, etc. Related: Approved; approving.
- Approved school
(in Britain) a government school for delinquent boys or girls. noun (in Britain) a former name for community home
- Approved social worker
noun (social welfare) (in England) a qualified social worker specially trained in mental-health work, who is approved by his employing local authority to apply for a mentally disordered person to be admitted to hospital and detained there, or to apply for the person to be received into the guardianship of the local authority
a person who . Old English Law. an accomplice to a felony who confesses his or her guilt and gives evidence against his or her confederates. Historical Examples Monk was with his troops in Scotland, but had declared himself an approver of the proceedings of the Parliament. The Cavalier Songs and Ballads of England Various […]
a person who . Old English Law. an accomplice to a felony who confesses his or her guilt and gives evidence against his or her confederates. Historical Examples In such cases the examination of the approvers is the great point for the accused, and should be confided to the ablest counsel. An Illustrated History of […]